BOISE, IDAHO INFORMATION
Stadium History/Events and Attractions
The blue Field Turf of Bronco Stadium is a landmark known across the country. Bronco Stadium, originally built in 1970 with 14,500 seats at a cost of $2.2 million, originally had regular green Astroturf. An expansion in 1974 increased seating capacity to 20,000, and in 1986 the first blue turf was installed.
In the fall of 1997, another major expansion was completed, and seating capacity increased to 30,000. The $9.5 million project included the increased seating, along with the addition of the Allen Noble Hall of Fame Gallery, and the Larry and Marianne Williams Plaza. In 2005, the Caven-Williams Indoor Sports Complex was opened and houses an indoor practice facility along with band hall an cheerleader practice area.
A $34 million sky suites stadium expansion was completed in August of 2008 and named the Stueckle Sky Center. This addition brings seating capacity to 32,000. New luxury boxes, club seats and a press box are some of the highlights. First class amenities with wait service, banquet facilities and views of the Boise front are now available.
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A number of recreational opportunities are available in Boise, including extensive hiking and biking in the foothills to the immediate north of downtown. Much of this trail network is part of Hull's Gulch and can be accessed by 8th street. An extensive urban trail system called the Boise River Greenbelt runs along the river. The Boise River itself is a common destination for fishing, swimming and rafting.
In Julia Davis Park is Zoo Boise, which has over 200 animals representing over 80 species from around the world. An Africa exhibit, completed in 2008, is the most recent addition. Visit www.zooboise.org for more information.
The Bogus Basin ski area opened in 1942 and hosts multiple winter activities, primarily alpine skiing and snowboarding, but also cross-country skiing and snow tubing. "Bogus" is 16 miles (26 km) from the city limits (less than an hour drive from downtown) on a twisty paved road which climbs 3400 vertical feet (1036 m) through sagebrush and forest. Visit www.bogusbasin.org for more information.
The Discovery Center of Idaho is an interactive science center providing exhibits and educational programs that offer authentic, sensory experiences making the sciences, math and technology tangible. The Center's mission is to inspire lifelong interest and learning in science, technology, engineering and math. Visit www.scidaho.org for more information.
Visit the Idaho Ice World and for a great day of ice skating and arcade games. This is the premier family recreational center of Idaho. Visit www.idahoiceworld.com for more information.
The Boise State University campus is home to Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, which hosts local and national fine arts performances; Bronco Stadium, the 32,000 seat football and track stadium known for its blue Field Turf field; and Taco Bell Arena, a 12,000 seat basketball and entertainment venue which opened in 1982 as the BSU Pavilion. Boise State University is known primarily for the recent successes of its football team, although it is also a fairly well regarded commuter school for undergraduate students.